At its press conference today at Gamescom, Microsoft announced that every pre-ordered Xbox one Day One Edition console in Europe will come bundled with a free copy of FIFA 14. It's quite a gambit for Microsoft to pay for that many copies of FIFA, but the company hasn't stopped there. It has also obtained exclusive content for the Xbox One version of FIFA 14.
FIFA 14 on the Xbox One (and the Xbox 360) will come with special "legendary footballers" for Ultimate Team mode. The exclusive players include Pele’, Patrick Viera, Freddie Ljungberg, Ruud Gullit and Gary Linekar. Ljungberg and Gullit will be the first "legends" added to the game, coming sometime "later this year."
“We’re thrilled to bring legendary footballers to ‘FIFA 14’ Ultimate Team on Xbox," said Matt Bilbey, SVP at EA Sports. "Only on Xbox will you be able to terrorize defenses with a dream partnership of Messi with the legendary Pelé.”
Though the language in Microsoft's announcement is a bit squirrelly, the announcement does not mean that Ultimate Team mode for FIFA 14 is exclusive to Xbox consoles. The mode will be available on other consoles, though players will not get to add the Xbox-exclusive "legendary" players to their roster on PlayStation 4 or Wii.
A trailer previewing the exclusive players has been released along with the announcement. It is not clear whether all the players shown in the trailer are exclusive to Xbox.